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New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

Claire Reid

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New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

The newly released Halloween movie has enjoyed a record-breaking opening weekend.

The horror flick grossed $77.5 million (£59.2m) in the US box office over the three days since its release making it the most successful movie in the Halloween franchise, smashing Rob Zombie's remake, which brought in $58m (£44.3m) in 20017 and Halloween: H20 which earned $55m (£42m) in 1998.

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And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.

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The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) last year.

If all those 'seconds' aren't good enough for you, the new Halloween had the biggest opening for any 'slasher' movie, according to figures from Forbes. And is the highest grossing horror movie with a female lead. Impressive.

The movie sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode and picks up 40 years after the original. The movie is basically a straight-up sequel to the 1978 classic and disregards any of the previous sequels - including Halloween H:20 - and the Rob Zombie spin-offs. That means that Laurie doesn't have a son, like she did in Halloween H:20, but has a daughter Karen, played by Judy Greer (Arrested Development) and the fact that Laurie and Michael were siblings is also missing from this latest offering.

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As well as Curtis, Nick Castle, who played the original Michael Myers, is also back for this one, not that you'd ever know.

According to the official synopsis: "Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago."

Credit: Universal Pictures
Credit: Universal Pictures
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Horror-master John Carpenter was executive producer and was joined by lead producer Jason Blum (Get Out and The Purge), so you can probably see why the film is doing so well.

The film currently has 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 on IMDB.

It's also doing pretty well with critics, with Observer film buff Mark Kermode called it 'a knowingly intelligent reboot'.

Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Topics: TV and Film, halloween, US Entertainment

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